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Xanthorrhoea preissii

Grass tree

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

White

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

An amazing Australian, evergreen, woody perennial. It has a great pack of grass-like leaves at ground level which radiate out from the centre of a tall, thin, vertical trunk. In its native south-western Australia it can reach 2.7m high but don't expect that over here. Initially slow growing, it blooms irregularly in spring producing white flowers which attract plenty of bees. Needs excellent drainage and hot, sunny conditions. Withstands droughts.

Genus: Xanthorrhoea

Species: preissii

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant: March to May


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